Flashback Friday

Looking back at 50 years of celebrating dance, diversity, and culture!


To see our latest Flashback Friday posts, visit our Facebook and Instagram pages @ballethispanico @ballethispanicoedu at 11am each Friday. Check back here or visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to see posts from previous weeks.


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May 8, 2020

Take a look at this talented crew from the 90s with Founder, Tina Ramirez. Pictured here: Lynne Calamia, Kathryn Ross-Nash, Nancy Turano, Pedro Ruiz Jr., Eduardo Vilaro, Miriam Kescherman and Merceditas Manago-Alexander. 


April 24, 2020

This Flashback Friday, we are taking a look at Batucada Fantástica. Choreographed by Vicente Nebrada, this work was introduced into Ballet Hispánico's repertory in 1982 and evokes the celebratory essence of Brazilian Carnaval.

Generations of Company dancers have learned and performed this choreograpy, and this tradition was set to continue as a part of Ballet Hispánico's 50th Anniversary program at The Joyce Theater. Unfortunately, our performances at the Joyce were cancelled due to COVID-19, but we continue to celebrate these past 50 years.  

An early cast of Batucada Fantástica

Program from our 1985 season at The Joyce Theater

Costume sketch by Diana Ruettiger from 2009

Costume sketch by Diana Ruettiger from 2009

2009 Company performance of Batucada Fantástica at the Joyce Theater


April 17, 2020

1980s

The 1980s marked a new decade for Ballet Hispánico: The Company had their first season at The Joyce Theater and we moved to a new location on W. 89th Street, where we still are today! Pictured here is our Founder, Tina Ramirez, with a group of young artists from School of Dance in the 80s. 

BH Alum Nancy Turano pictured here teaching a ballet class at Ballet Hispánico in the 1980s. Now Artistic Director of New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, Ms. Turano was a dancer in the Ballet Hispánico Company alongside others including Eduardo Vilaro, Pedro Ruiz Jr., Mari Mackenzi, Jose Costas, Kathryn Ross-Nash, and a countless number of richly talented artists. 


April 3, 2020

1970s

#FlashbackFriday taking us back to the decade we were founded, the 1970s! Check out these photos featuring some of Ballet Hispánico's original Company members and an early clip of Geoffrey Holder's Danse Creole inspired by the Caribbean style and rhythms of Trinidad and the influence of European colonization on the island. Shedding light on the perspectives of diverse choreographers from its inception, Ballet Hispánico continues to create a platform for Latino artists to thrive and be represented during our 50th Anniversary and beyond.

Flashback Friday


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